Every home can benefit from a fence, whether it’s for security, privacy or to keep kids and pets in the yard. An attractive and durable fence can also add to the curb appeal of your home, subsequently increasing its value. Buying and installing a fence may seem like a simple process, but there are a number of factors to consider.
Making the right choice will not only save you money, but also time and effort in the future. Certain fencing materials are more durable than others and will maintain their appearance for longer, while some might be cheaper to install, but can face problems in the future. To make things easier for you, here’s a guide to choosing the right fence for your yard. Hitch Property Constructions has a wide range of Melbourne fencing services.
If you want true privacy, choose a fence with little to no space between boards. A closely spaced lattice can be nearly as private as a solid material when combined with the lush foliage of climbing plants. The height will depend on the slope of your yard and your neighbour’s yard, the position of your seating areas and any applicable local building codes. Try using a length of paper or cardboard the height of the fence you are considering, and have a friend hold it up while walking the perimeter of your yard. Stand up and sit down in each area of your yard to see if the fence will be high enough for your privacy needs.
What’s the Right Fence Height?
Many factors go into finding the right fence: the material you choose to use, the accessories you want for your fence, how long you want your fence to last, where you want to put your fence, etc. But what often gets overlooked is choosing the right height for the fence. Whether you want a grand and tall aluminium or wrought iron fence or an unimposing yet welcoming picket fence, the height plays an important role in the fence’s look and function.
Three main factors determine the height of a fence: the style of the fence, the purpose of the fence, and the local regulations. Of course, your taste and the needs of your property play a role as well, but these three questions will help guide you in making the right decision.
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Finding the right style
A good fence doesn’t just blend into a property; it plays an essential role in creating a consistent style and adding to the beauty of your home. Different factors have a big influence on the style. A dark wooden fence might lend a house the stoic beauty of a missionary or Frank Lloyd Wright home, whereas a white vinyl picket fence might give a home a quaint, colonial feel.
The material and colour both play a role in the fence, but the fence height is equality important. A high wooden fence might appear austere, while the same fence at a shorter height might appear inviting. Though there are always exceptions, fences of all sorts generally follow a similar pattern: high fences are generally seen as imposing and grandiose, while shorter fences are friendly and welcoming. Keep the intended style of your fence in mind as we explore the purpose of the fence.
Determining the purpose of your fence
Every fence has a purpose. Some people choose to fence in their yards to protect themselves from trespassers or protect their garden from deer and other animals. Some people choose to fence their yards to keep pets or young children from escaping. Still, others are simply looking to add to the beauty of their property, or simply to provide a definitive boundary to their land.
The purpose of the fence goes a long way toward determining how high to build a fence. Once you clearly define the purpose, you’ll be better equipped to determine the height you want to build your fence. Remember, however, that the ultimate height also depends on your individual property and local regulations. If you need additional advice on choosing the right fence height, call us today! Our team of qualified experts is ready to walk you through the process of determining the perfect height.
Property boundary fence height
Your primary goal may simply be to set up a fence to separate your property from the outside. Suppose you have a large amount of land. In that case, a boundary fence is an excellent step toward claiming the land as your own and preventing trespassers, horseback riders, or hikers from making inroads into your property. Even if you don’t own a large property, a short property fence might be the right choice, helping you set up a clear boundary between your backyard and that of your neighbours.
A boundary fence is typically short, anywhere from 3- to 6-feet high. On a large piece of mostly undeveloped land, a 3-foot fence is typically sufficient. On a smaller, suburban property, a 3-foot fence in the front adds beauty to your front yard and can separate your yard from the next. In the back, 6 feet is an appropriate height for a fence if setting up a boundary is your primary goal. Of course, since property boundary fences often have few height restrictions, you may also want to consider the style and look of the fence when determining fence height.
Privacy fence height
Oftentimes, people build a fence not just to define their property, but also to provide their home and family with a degree of privacy. Many people value the ability to spend time in their yard and relax without the feeling that others may be watching their every move. If privacy is your main goal, you’ll want a fence that is at least 6-feet high to prevent nosy neighbours or curious passers-by from peeking in. To be extra safe, choose a 7- or 8-foot high fence. Before you start building, however, double-check that local regulations allow you to build a fence to this height.
The right material is also important when choosing a privacy fence. A solid wood or vinyl fence provides more privacy than an aluminium or chain-link fence, though privacy panels may also be used. A solid vinyl fence is also the ideal choice for homeowners who want to reduce the noise coming into their yard. Choosing a high-privacy material, however, is pointless if the fence is short enough to allow people to look over the top of the fence.
Keeping animals and trespassers out
Fences are also an important means of keeping out unwanted animal and human visitors. Most animals, including deer, are deterred by a 6-foot fence. White-tailed deer are capable of jumping up to 8-feet high, so if white-tailed deer are a problem in your neighbourhood, consider installing an 8-foot high fence. Also be sure to install a solid vinyl or wood fence, as many animals can slip through or under an aluminium, wrought iron, or picket fence.
Humans are more difficult to predict. A 6-foot fence will keep out most casual trespassers, but a determined burglar might be able to hop an 8-foot fence. Accessories such as pointed edges on the tops of an aluminium fence might be an investment to consider. However, be sure not to rely solely on your fence. Implement a comprehensive security system at your home to protect your property against burglars.
Keeping pets and young children in
Many of our clients build a fence to keep loved ones from wandering off the property. Families want to be able to relax in their yards with their children and pets, without having to constantly watch them make sure they don’t run off. A proper-sized fence allows them to let their children and pets play freely without constant supervision.
If this is your primary goal, a simple aluminium or vinyl fence may do the trick, so long as you are sure it is high enough to keep your pets or children from climbing over it. A 4-foot fence is typically high enough to keep most dogs from jumping over it, but larger and more active breeds may need a 6-foot fence. For young children, a 4- to the 6-foot fence is typically a safe bet.
Pool fence height
Because of the drowning danger pools carry with them, pool fences are especially important and highly regulated. Even if you do not have any children or poor swimmers in your household, a pool fence is sometimes required by law to prevent a stranger from entering your property and falling into your pool. It also helps protect you from liability should an accident occur.
Pool fences are typically 4-feet high but may vary based on location. They also have various other requirements designed to prevent young children from being able to climb over or slip under them. Gates must be self-closing and self-latching. If the fence is aluminium, the pickets must be less than 4 inches apart, and if the fence is chain-link, the holes must be no wider than 1.75 inches. Before installing a pool fence, double-check all local ordinances and pool code.
Garden fence height
Clients who want to fence in a garden typically choose a shorter fence – about 3-4 feet. This allows them to show off the hard work they’ve put into cultivating their garden and allows visitors and passers-by to enjoy the foliage inside. An aluminium or vinyl picket fence is a popular choice for the same reason, but if you want to keep small animals such as skunks or rabbits out, you may prefer a solid vinyl or wooden fence.
Some people choose to install a solid bamboo fence, which adds natural beauty to the garden. A bamboo fence feels like an extension rather than a boundary to foliage and flowers. Certain kinds of fences, including bamboo and wood, can act as trellises for climbing vines, which also gives the fence an organic look.
Local regulations on fence height
Before you get your heart set on any one fence material or fence height, be sure you are complying with all local regulations. Some neighbourhood associations and city ordinances dictate that fences cannot be below or above a certain height. You wouldn’t want to have an 8-foot high vinyl fence installed only to have to take it down a month later because it doesn’t comply with a regulation. All it takes is a few clicks or a phone call, and you can make sure your fence complies with the law.
Fence height for municipal facilities
Municipal facilities often have their own regulations regarding height. Though municipal fences should look professional and add to the beauty of parks and public property, their primary goal is safety. Fences around parks and pools, for instance, have the goal of keeping young children safe and preventing trespassers from entering during off-hours. Typically, a fence of 4 to 6 feet is a proper height, unless otherwise specified by local codes and regulations.
Fence height for businesses and retail stores
Fence height regulations are typically similar for retail stores and small businesses as they are for homeowners. For retail stores, business owners must balance a need to protect their property with the desire to attract new consumers. For example, a tall chain-link fence may be economical and stop potential burglars, but it may also appear unwelcoming to passers-by. A short, picket fence that customers find appealing, however, might invite trespassers and burglars after hours.
A fence should not be the only thing between your property and a burglar. A detailed security system should also be in place. However, investing in a beautiful, aluminium or vinyl fence that is at least 6-feet high is a smart thing to do. Of course, consider your company’s individual needs and local ordinances first, but a 6-foot high solid fence may be enough to protect your property at night while not deterring customers during the day.
Tips for Choosing the Right Fence
Most every home has some kind of fencing on the grounds. When it comes to choosing a fence, there are many things to consider. Here’s a basic primer on how to choose the right fence for your home. Looking for fencing services Melbourne services? Look no further! Hitch Property Constructions has you covered.
The Purpose of the Fence
If you need a secure fence to keep animals and children in, a wooden-split rail fence won’t do. If you need to gain some privacy, a chain-link fence is not your best choice. If you need only mark – or imply – a boundary, you have many artistic options before you. Knowing the purpose of your fence guides you to the height, construction and material that best accomplishes this.
The Style of Your Home
The architecture of your home makes it easy to eliminate what type of fence not to use. Imagine a chain-link fence surrounding a Victorian gingerbread mansion to understand the concept of what is appropriate, and what is not. Older homes of classic architecture look best with brick or ornamental metal fences, while a contemporary ranch home blends harmoniously with a vinyl or wood privacy fence. There should be a design connection between your home and the fence that surrounds it.
The Material of the Fence
Let’s review the most popular fencing materials and their pros and cons.
A Wood Fence is the classic American archetype, and they remain popular because they can be built in any style, size or height, from the iconic white picket fence to the 7-foot privacy fence. A wood fence can have the lowest purchase and installation cost but will require continual maintenance (applying new stain or paint every 2 – 3 years) that must be budgeted for, both money- and time-wise. Wood is a green, sustainable material, and erecting and repairing them can be a DIY project. In the Mid West, cedar or redwood fences stand up better to rot and insects, and pressure-treated wood has a longer life-span than untreated woods. Looking for fencing services Melbourne services? Look no further! Hitch Property Constructions has you covered.
A Chain Link Fence is practically maintenance-free, sturdy and long-lasting. It’s affordable to buy and relatively easy to install, which makes it the popular choice when having to cover a lot of ground. It is considered “green” because the material can be recycled. The downside to chain link is the utilitarian look, but there are ways around that, including vinyl-coated styles that come in basic colours, turning it into a lattice for plants to grow on or letting your imagination run wild with chain link fence decoration ideas.
Vinyl Fencing – also known as plastic fencing – rapidly became a favourite because it is truly maintenance-free other than keeping it clean, which can be done with a garden hose. It’s available in an endless array of styles and colours and can mimic almost any other common fencing material. Vinyl is expensive, so if you have a large expanse to cover, consider mixing it up with another material. And while it can be a DIY installation project, there are some tricky aspects best handled by experienced installers. One last consideration for vinyl is strength; because of its hollow construction it can break or crack under too much-applied pressure, so if you have large, active dogs or rambunctious kids playing sports in the yard, you might want to consider something stronger until things calm down.
Composite Fencing is the other popular plastic fencing. It is also known as engineered wood and can mimic the look of most any wood boards. Composite is as maintenance-free as vinyl but is far stronger than a hollow vinyl fence because of its interior wood post-construction. This also makes it more expensive than vinyl fences, and its installation really is best handled by professionals.
Ornamental Metal Fencing lends a distinguished, traditional look to your grounds, and can be worked into as many styles, sizes and heights as wood. Wrought iron or cast iron can last for hundreds of years, with rust being the only possible maintenance issue (and that can be sanded off). It is also very strong and can be painted any colour you wish (though that creates a maintenance issue). Wrought or cast iron can be cost-effective considering their low-maintenance and durability, but if you go with a custom design, it must be installed by experienced professionals.
If you’d like the look of wrought iron without the cost or rust, there are aluminium (shown above) or powder-coated galvanized steel fences. They are currently available only in black or white and understand that they work only as ornamentation, so look but don’t climb!
This is a quick overview of popular fencing materials, but you do have plenty of other options, including brick or stone. And a fence is a great way to employ some creativity, like this fence made of wood frames and panels of corrugated metal: